The most recent Covid 19 measures to curb the spread of the virus
- Garda checkpoints will be set up outside airports and ports to stop non-essential travel, with increased fines for those leaving for non-essential purposes – including an increased fine over the €100 currently in place. It is understood that this could be increased to €250. Checkpoints will also check for returning holidaymakers.
- Mandatory hotel quarantine for all arrivals from South Africa and Brazil for at least five and up to 14 days at a state-designated hotel if they test positive on day five. All mandatory quarantine will be at the traveller’s expense.
- The introduction of much stricter sanctions for breach of the five-kilometre rule to stop people flying. This will include fines for those who try to go abroad for non-essential reasons.
- Mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days as well as a fine of up to €2,500 or up to six months in prison for those arriving into the country who don’t have a negative PCR test to address a loophole that allowed authorities punish people, but not to stop them entering the state.
- A temporary suspension on all visa-free short-term travel for those coming from South Africa and South America.
- Antigen testing at motorway services areas close to Dublin Port and Rosslare for hauliers travelling to France from Thursday.
- Strengthening the passenger locator form with more questions asked and more follow-ups after a person arrives in the country, as well as new fines for breaches of the form.